Caduceus Cellars currently has five different blocks in Northern Arizona. 4900ft, the Judiths Block on Cleopatra Hill, Jerome, AZ, is a combination of limestone, volcanic, and sedimentary rock. 3500 ft, The Marzo Block and at 3300 ft, The Agostina block are covered with fine river sediment over a bed of calcareous substrate. The Elephante block, in Cornville, AZ, has a minimum of 5 different soils/terrain profiles all on a 28 acre site. The Southwest Wine Center, Yavapai College Block is nestled in the alluvial foothills of Mingus Mountain. All this peppered with volcanic magic dust. The main fruit source for Merkin Vineyards is the historic 70 acre Buhl Memorial Vineyard, in the Kansas Settlement of Willcox, Arizona.
The Al Buhl Memorial Vineyard lies at the eastern edge of Sulfur Springs Valley (alongside the Willcox Playa) in what is known as the Kansas Settlement. The vineyard site is 80 acres with 60 acres planted. The soils are relatively deep loams and clay-loams interspersed with cobbles. The vineyard sits at 4300 feet and experiences up to 50 degree fluctuations in temperature during the growing season. Harvest usually starts in August and can run into early October. From here we source Syrah & Garnacha for PRIMER PASO, Tempranillo and Garnacha for SANCHA, Sangiovese Grosso for KITSUNÉ, and occasional VSC offerings. The oldest 20 acres of the vineyard were planted in 1982 so some of the oldest vines here are at least 29 years in age.
Caduceus Cellars Tasting Room - Jerome
158 Main Street Jerome
Jerome, AZ 86331 US
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Merkin Vineyards Osteria
1001 North Main Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326 US
Sun - Thur 11am – 9pm | Fri & Sat 11am – 10pm